2019

Styrian Dialects, Continuous Sleepiness, Baby Sounds & Orca Activity

Interspeech 2019 Computational Paralinguistics Challenge (ComParE)

The Interspeech 2019 Computational Paralinguistics ChallengE (ComParE) is an open Challenge dealing with states and traits of speakers as manifested in their speech signal’s properties. There have so far been ten consecutive Challenges at INTERSPEECH since 2009 (cf. the repository), but there still exists a multiplicity of not yet covered, but highly relevant paralinguistic phenomena. Thus, we introduce four new tasks by the Styrian Dialects Sub-Challenge, the Continuous Sleepiness Sub-Challenge, the Baby Sounds Sub-Challenge, and the Orca Activity Sub-Challenge. For the tasks, the data are provided by the organisers. 

The INTERSPEECH 2019 Computational Paralinguistics Challenge (ComParE) shall help bridging the gap between excellent research on paralinguistic information in spoken language and low compatibility of results. The results of the Challenge will be presented at Interspeech 2019 in Graz, Austria. Prizes will be awarded to the Sub-Challenge winners. 

If you are interested and planning to participate in the Computational Paralinguistics Challenge, or if you want to be kept informed about the Challenge, please send the organisers an e-mail to indicate your interest.

Last updated:
10 January 2019

Last addition:
Challenge announced (will be opened soon!).

Organisers:
Björn Schuller (University of Augsburg, Germany / Imperial College London, UK / audEERING)
Anton Batliner (University of Augsburg, Germany) 
Christian Bergler (FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg Erlangen, Germany)
Florian Pokorny (Medical University of Graz, Austria)  
Jarek Krajewski (University of Wuppertal / Rhenish University of Applied Science Cologne, Germany)
Meg Cychosz (University of California Berkeley, USA)

Sponsored by:
audEERING GmbH

Officially started:
Will open in the next days.

Deadlines:
29 March 2019 Paper abstract registration at http://interspeech2019.org.
5 April 2019 Final paper submission to Interspeech 2019.
24 June 2019 Final result upload 
1 July 2019 Camera-ready paper 

*Get started:*
Obtain the license agreements (will be added soon) to get a password and further instructions for the download of the datasets: Please fill out electronically the PDF for the dataset(s) you wish to obtain, and print, sign, scan, and email both the electronic version and the scans accordingly to ease handling. The agreement(s) has/have to be signed by a permanent staff member.
After downloading the data you can directly start your experiments with the data sets. 

*Read about it:*  Paper on the Challenge (will be added soon) to be cited. 
*Participate:* Result submission will open later during the Challenge. Participants will be contacted by email for the result submission procedure.  

To get started: Please obtain the License Agreements (All Sub-Challenges) to get a password and further instructions for the download of the datasets: Please fill out electronically the PDF for the dataset(s) you wish to obtain, and print, sign, scan, and email both the electronic version and the scans accordingly to ease handling. The agreement(s) has/have to be signed by a permanent staff member.
After downloading the data you can directly start your experiments with the data sets. Once you found your best method you should write your paper for the Special Session. At the same time you can compute your results per instance and Sub-Challenge task on the test set and upload them: we will then let you know your performance result.

Paper on the Challenge: The introductory Paper on the Challenge (will appear soon) provides extensive descriptions and baseline results. All participants will be asked to avoid repetitions of Challenge, data, or feature descriptions in their submissions – of course, they have to describe shortly the essentials of the databases dealt with – but include the following citation: 

Björn W. Schuller, Anton Batliner, Christian Bergler, Florian Pokorny, Jarek Krajewski, Meg Cychosz, Elmar Nöth, Elika Bergelson, Shahin Amiriparian, Simone Hantke, Maximilian Schmitt: “The INTERSPEECH 2019 Computational Paralinguistics Challenge: Styrian Dialects, Continuous Sleepiness, Baby Sounds & Orca Activity”, Proceedings INTERSPEECH 2019, ISCA, Graz, Austria, 2019.

Result Submission: Will be opened in due course. Registered participants will be contacted by email. 

Paper Submission (all participants): Please be reminded that a paper submission and at least one upload on the test set are mandatory for the participation in the Challenge. However, paper contributions within the scope are also welcome if the authors do not intend to participate in the Challenge itself. In any case, please register your paper by 29 March 2019 and submit your paper until 5 April 2019 (and final results by 24 June 2019) using the standard style info and respecting length limits, and submit to the regular submission system. Important: as topic you should choose only this Special Session (Computational Paralinguistics Challenge 2019).  Remaining result upload trials can be saved for new Challenge results until 24 June 2018.The papers will undergo the normal review process. Papers shall not repeat the descriptions of database, labels, partitioning etc. of the Sub-Challenge corpora but cite the introductive paper (cf. above). 

Participants may contribute in all Sub-Challenges at a time. A training and development partitioning will allow for tests and results to be reported by the participants apart from their results on the official test set. Papers may well report additional results on other databases. An additional publication is planned that summarises all results of the Challenge and results combination by ROVERING or ensemble techniques. However, this publication will be post INTERSPEECH 2019.

More Information will follow on a regular basis.